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Bust of a King

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

Egypt's Ptolemaic rulers were of Macedonian Greek origin. Focal points of both the Egyptian and their own Hellenistic Greek civilizations, they could be shown as either Egyptian or Hellenistic kings and queens. The facial style of this bust, a totally Egyptian image of a Ptolemy, perhaps Ptolemy II (285/82–246 B.C.), had its origins in numerous idealizing images of the fourth century B.C. akin to some of the works in this gallery.

MEDIUM Limestone
DATES 285-246 B.C.E.
PERIOD Ptolemaic Period
DIMENSIONS 17 15/16 x 14 x 8 1/4 in., 64 lb. (45.5 x 35.5 x 21 cm, 29.03kg)  (show scale)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 37.37E
CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION Bust of a King, 285-246 B.C.E. Limestone, 17 15/16 x 14 x 8 1/4 in., 64 lb. (45.5 x 35.5 x 21 cm, 29.03kg). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.37E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 37.37E_SL1.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 37.37E_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION One votive bust of the Ptolemaic King. Conventional for its type. The king is shown with broadly modelled features. The brow is broad and flat with orbital ridges shown as straight lines, curving down at the edges of the orbit. The eyes are set fairly shallow and swollen lids with thin plastic cosmetic lines are evident. The eyes themselves well outwards. No cosmetic lines are present beneath them. On either side of the root of the nose we see the deepest impression of the sockets themselves. The cheeks are not very prominent and are broadly modelled. The nose springs from the deep intrusion of the sockets and ends with no specific budges in a broad manner. It is slightly upturned. No real philtrum is present but there are rudimentary nostrils are wide and flaring. The lips are broad with upturned ends and deep corners. The chin is weak: the ears are placed high on the head. The head is framed by a broad nemes the lappets of which are pleated. The back of the bust is flat and marked with a grid. Condition: Edges of nemes much chipped, the left side more so than the right. The tip of the left ear is missing. A portion of the right ear has been chipped off and restored. The entire face is pitted and battered, the forehead and uraeus being much battered. The back is somewhat damaged as is the support of the bust itself. No traces of any pigments.
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